Data Entry

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The digitization of the pre-Islamic Arabian inscriptions is done by means of a data entry system, developed by Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, which ensures uniform and secure cataloguing, archiving and indexing of data.

These are collected in a relational database, whose structure is centered on the inscription as the main entity. This relates to all the other entities which complete its description, according to DASI scientific needs: information about the support of the text, its translation, its bibliography and the corpora to which the inscription pertains. Each of these entities can be related to further ones, e.g. the archaeological information about the original site of the epigraph or the photos of the object. The data entry system allows users to edit, delete and relate each of these pieces of information, which define the entire project’s domain. The insertion and modification of data is facilitated by means of dictionaries of controlled terms, that can be expanded by the user and verified by the administrators through correction and control tools.

The system provides a specific module for the transcription and the encoding of the inscriptions. These, in fact, are encoded using a standard XML language (TEI/Epidoc), in order to analyze the information concerning the structure and the onomastics of the text, and to indicate the editorial interventions. The encoding is transparent to the user, who is not bound to know the coding language, but only the phenomena that the project intends to highlight. The text of the inscription is transliterated according to the Unicode Standard. The module includes a push-button panel with the characters of Latin transliteration included in set UTF-8, to facilitate the transcription.

The organization of data in a database, by virtue of its scalability, allows data sharing among multiple users via the web and at the same time assures a secure access to data, by means of different levels of authorizations depending on the role that each participant plays in the project. This allows a rapid, but controlled, growing of the community of participants enriching the collection of epigraphs, which is a fundamental goal of the project.

Finally, the system allows administrators to independently manage the entire workflow, e.g. creating of profiles and defining the rights of the participants, entering and correcting the epigraphs, publishing and further revising the data.

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